Monday, August 4, 2008

Failed candidacy 'got attention' of seven-term, 14-year incumbent
Georgia's secretary of state has certified the July 15 Republican primary election results for House District 118, and although we received 1,990 votes, our opponent garnered 4,472 and was therefore declared the winner.

Projects improve curb appeal
Columbia County soon will finish two efforts designed to improve the aesthetic appeal of Evans intersections.

Retirees to buy pillows, sheets for Ronald McDonald House
Residents and staff at Washington Commons want to help families in need sleep more soundly.

Summer fun doesn't require long trip
Columbia County residents seeking fun before summer vacation ends and the new school year begins won't need to venture far from home.

Family, child services director retires, finally
Linda Joesbury counted down the days until her Aug. 1 retirement -- for the second time.

Park is seeking visitors
Meteor madness, a creek walk and other programs might draw visitors to Mistletoe State Park in Appling during August.

Storm leaves mark near Grovetown
A tractor-trailer drives past trees that were pushed over during a brief, intense storm along Interstate 20 at the Baker Place Road overpass in Columbia County on Monday. At right, Ethan Wilson, a worker with Columbia County Roads and Bridges, uses a chain saw to clear one of the fallen trees on Baker Place Road.

Pet Adoption Showcase
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort. Located in Martinez, Heartsong rescues from 10 counties. All animals are current on their vaccinations (age appropriate). All dogs are microchipped. All pets are spayed/neutered and cats are litter-box trained prior to placement. To adopt, donate, or for more information, contact Loretta at (706) 855-1241, or go to www.heartsonganimalrescue. com.

Girls get hair cuts for charity
During a family vacation, cousins Hannah Horne, 8 (from left), Alyssa Horne, 10, both of Autryville, N.C., and Meredith O'Neal, 9, of Martinez, donated their long hair to charity in honor of their grandmother, Lottie Horne of Autryville, who is a breast cancer survivor.[

Southern Siding shares celebration
Dr. Andy King takes a dental impression, which provides dental records and a DNA sample, of 15-year-old Justin Mckenzie, of Grovetown. The Georgia Child Identification Program took place July 26 at Southern Siding and Window Company on Bobby Jones Expressway, where the business celebrated its 42nd anniversary and was host to a Golden Harvest Food Bank drive and other activities.

Marriage Licenses
Steven Michale Estep and Lisa Dawn Burks applied for a marriage license on July 17, 2008, and were married July 17, 2008, in Evans.

Property Transfers
Gary D. Porterfield to Richard Henderson, 630 Cavanaugh Way, $403,600.

Police Blotter
Police catch man who escaped from squad car

Blanchards given Partner award
The Blanchard family -- represented by brothers Pat, Pierce and Phil Blanchard (from left), John and Allison Blanchard, the children of the late Preston Blanchard, and Tanya Blanchard, wife of Preston Blanchard -- was awarded the first Preston Blanchard Outstanding Partner in Business award by the Columbia County School Board during the sixth annual Business Partners Breakfast on Tuesday. Preston Blanchard, with Carter-Blanchard Office Supply, was a long-time business partner with the school system, and he and his brothers are the sons of former School Superintendent John Pierce Blanchard.

Camp 4-H members go to camp
Nearly 175 Columbia County 4-H members attended Rock Eagle 4-H Summer Camp, June 2-6. "We make sure 4-Hers get involved in a well-rounded experience," said Shirley Williamson, Columbia County 4-H coordinator. "They go to camp for the fun so we make sure they have plenty of sports, games, and dances. We also make sure they learn new skills through crafts, sailing, canoeing, archery, health and wellness and teamwork building." The organization is the youth-development program of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. For more information, call the Columbia County 4-H office at (706) 868-3413.

Vacation Gallery
The Lands family took their annual beach vacation, or Beach Blast '08 as they call it, to North Myrtle Beach. A few of the crew who went this year are (from left) Beverly Simpson, a friend of the family; Mary Brown, Paul Lands holding Steven Lands, Jessy Lands, Bev Lands and Michael Lands III. Twenty-two people attended the event this year.

Newsmakers
The following Virginia Military Institute cadets are among the 461 who were recently named to the Deans' List for the second semester of academic year 2007-2008.

Grovetown councilman sworn in
\Grovetown's newest City Council member, Barry Davis (right), was officially sworn into office by City Attorney Brendan Fleming during a City Council meeting Monday at Grovetown City Hall. Davis was elected in the July 15 special election to fill the unexpired term of David Daughtry, who died in February of complications from diabetes.

Divorces
Columbia County Divorces for Sunday, August 3, 2008.

A mobile home
A 1,500-square-foot log cabin crossed J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake on the morning of July 26. The home was transported by J. E. Oswalt and Sons from Blackstone Camp Road in Martinez to Smith-Crawford Road in Appling. The move, which was escorted by two area cable companies as well as two patrol cars with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, required a 12-man crew and took more than three hours.

Current Events
Columbia County current events for Sunday, August 3, 2008

County needs hook to reel in tourism
Have you ever begun to plan an event and there was not a facility in the county large enough to hold it? Have you thought of planning a wedding reception and there were too few choices, or what was available was already booked? Or planned a ceremony for your Columbia County high school graduation and had to leave the county to attend it?

Commissioners set final priorities
While four or five Columbia County residents will head to the polls Tuesday - yes, believe it or not, there is a Democratic runoff election in the U.S. Senate race - there also are five county citizens making an important vote of their own.

Failing is bad, but not racist
There was plenty of discomfort this week about Columbia County's failure as a system to meet Adequate Yearly Progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Sunday, August 3, 2008.

Officials seek to raise recreation fees
Columbia County recreation officials recently proposed an increase in recreation fees to help offset the rising cost of gas and facility upgrades.

Possible terrorist activity on the water should not be taken lightly
Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, serious questions arose about the security of our waterways, highways and airports. As a result, Airport Watch, Highway Watch and America's Waterway Watch were created.

Sports Calendar
The newly formed CSRA Youth Baseball League is a fall competitive youth baseball league. The league is for players ages 7-18. Each team will play on Tuesdays and Thursdays from mid-September until early November. Full teams can enter or individuals can be placed on a team from their area.

Time in the gym reveals true desire of athletes
As someone who has been involved in sports as a player, coach, broadcaster and writer for the past 30 years or so, I have seen many athletes achieve their goals. However, the number of athletes who come up short is much greater.

Owners get airborne at Skate City
Danny Zwartz, at left, and Danny Exume, above, co-owners of Skate City in Martinez, fly through the air while performing a tricks at the new indoor skateboard facility.

Georgia Sting teams excel
The Georgia Sting 13-and-under girls basketball team won the bronze medal at the 2008 Georgia Games. The games were played July 18-20 in Marietta. The Georgia Sting are based in Columbia County and most of the girls on the team are from Columbia County. Team members are Katie Murphy (front, from left), Katie Coleman, Amanda Murphy, Anna Hearon and JoAna Murphy; Sha Toria Dent (back, from left), Samantha Trobaugh, Elizabeth Gay, Caroline Bottomley and Deztiny Cotton. Not shown are Megan Mayfield, Ann Louisa Brewton, head coach Mike Brown, and assistant coach Mike Hearon.

Deer, virus lead to loss of produce
Like many gardeners across Columbia County, Tom Blalock is battling the dreadful three Ds this year: deer, disease and drought.

Skate park has high hopes
Thirteen-year-old Brian Sikes brought his skateboard to a halt, brushed back his sweaty hair and walked to the front counter.

Lack of membership, poor conditions doom Three Oaks
Tony Dean played Three Oaks Golf Course on the final day it was open. Never mind the rampant weeds or the greens that had disappeared through the years. It was a routine Dean had kept since becoming a member in September 1997, two months before the course opened.

It's not you these killer bees are after
There are large wasps flying around my yard and going into holes in the ground. These wasps are huge. What are they and how can I control them?

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